May 18, 2013
Golden Gopher senior Erik Van Rooyen finished his collegiate career with a final round card of 71 at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Saturday. His 54-hole total of 215 was good for a tie for fifth place. Van Rooyen finished as the top individual in the field but fell one-shot shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
The tie for fifth finish is the best for Van Rooyen at the NCAA Regionals. He finished in a tie for 51st place ads a sophomore in San Diego and tied for 19th place in Ann Arbor as a junior.
Virginia’s Denny McCarthy ended up with the individual berth out of the regional since his Cavaliers did not qualify as a team for the championships. His three-day card of 214 was four shots off the lead.
Van Rooyen’s final round card displayed three bogeys and a double-bogey but the South Africa native pared the final three holes.
Van Rooyen led the Gophers in stroke average his final two seasons and finished his career with a 73.51 stroke average, the eight-best average in the history of the program. He collected five top-10 finishes on the season and finished with 11 career top-10 finishes.
Gophers Finish Seventh at Royal Oaks Intercolliegiate
The Gophers finished tied for seventh at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate with Thomas Longbella recording his first career top 10 finish.
Longbella in Top 10 After Day One at Royal Oaks
Seeking the first top-10 finish of his career, freshman Thomas Longbella leads the way for Minnesota and sits tied for 10th after the first day one.
Gophers Head to Royal Oaks Intercollegiate
The Gophers hit the road once again as they travel to Dallas, Texas for the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.